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ExxonMobil Reviews

Updated Jul 18, 2014
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3.5 420 reviews

89% Approve of the CEO

ExxonMobil Chairman and CEO Rex W. Tillerson

Rex W. Tillerson

(223 ratings)

71% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work/life balance outside of month-end close(in 22 reviews)

  • The pay and benefits are great as it is big oil(in 16 reviews)


Cons
  • This can be a good thing, but not when you desire a strong work/life balance(in 22 reviews)

  • Rating & Ranking system is antiquated at best(in 41 reviews)

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    #1 in size does NOT equal #1 best place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Fairfax, VA

    ProsInternational opportunities, international scope and experience (at least in the marketing group)

    Cons-VERY political and VERY bureaucratic- an incredibly frustrating culture for people that want to work and get things done
    -Slow moving and risk averse, even for Big Oil
    -Workforce lacks the levels of diversity seen in other Fortune 500 firms
    -Software, etc. is extremely out-dated and difficult to work with
    -Pretend to be friendly toward alternative energy but behind closed doors often openly deride all that is not oil/gas

    Advice to Senior ManagementDrop the arrogance. It, combined with the slow moving, conservative nature of your firm and your out-dated software and processes are going to continue to deter the younger generation from applying for jobs with you. As your workforce continues to age and near retirement, you are going to have to make A LOT of changes if you want to attact Gen X and Gen Y as future leaders.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    ExxonMobil Global Services Company, Controllers Group

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Fairfax, VA

    ProsFast paced culture, friendly on the outside. A very large and stable organization with a global presence.

    ConsTraining is dependent on where you are, some in Fairfax still believe that they are working for Mobil and will dispell any direction from the Houston counterpart. Training recieved was one of two forms, a verbal dissertation lasting 20 minutes or more, without the ability to take notes, covering multiple key strokes one could never possibly remember OR a quick "Here is the report I prepare" now check this box saying you were trained. Overall, a very discombobulated group with some stars, some helfpu and some NOT. From the inside, it'd be hard to tell that this organization is making any money with their relentless pursuit of headcount reduction.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI'd recommend training and reports be standardized-and done from Houston as much as possible. Too much of the old Mobil culture and at times "good ole boys" network may prevent hard working new employees to succeed in this location. This is particularly true if the person who has been assigned to "train" you, on the countless nuances of her/his reports; is too busy to give you enough information to do your job. you'll check off all the boxes saying that everything was "taught" to you when in effect it was dumped on you. Spend enough time in this situation and the CYA process will start and end in your dismissal.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    One has to be very aggressive to survive in Exxon

    Senior Engineer (R&D) (Current Employee) Annandale, NJ

    Prosinteresting research
    state of the art equipment and facilities
    stable company, good books (accounting)
    competent pay and benefits
    emphasis on safety

    Consrelative grading for deciding compensation...serial (not coarse) grading
    Highly aggressive and extrovert people rewarded
    Lot of politics, competition
    Managerial skills rewarded more than technical competence

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake steps to reduce stress associated with relative grading. Create a nurturing environment for all kind of personalities. Create respect for technical ladder,

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Large bureaucracy, no room for any creativity

    Business Systems Analyst (Former Employee) Houston, TX

    ProsThe compensation is decent. That's about it.

    ConsDoes not inspire any creativity, huge bureaucracy, no fairness to the ranking system. "Performance Review" will be based on how much you kiss up to your boss.

    Advice to Senior ManagementChange outdated HR policies.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    The company will continue to be profitable under Rex Tillerson.

    Territory Manager (Current Employee) Fairfax, VA

    ProsThe company is well known - it's the largest publicly traded company in the world. The name carries a lot of weight to other potential employers.

    ConsCompany culture is very rigid, it's a good ol' boys network. It never was about what you know, it's about who you know...company is lacking in diversity.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThere should be a check and balance system in ensuring equal opportunity especially for minorities.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    The very best company.

    Engineer (Current Employee) Baytown, TX

    ProsIf you want to die at early age, XOM will be your top choice. Good benefits and salary without bonus. You can get some safety bucks and some free lunch if you are in research and development department.

    ConsNone if you like to work harder than others. The company has force ranking system. Feedbacks from high level engineers are very subjective. In the ranking season, everyone is trying to show off in meeting. It is always the best strategy that you brining up very simple data and draw a straight line that can easily understood by the management and most of the audience. There is no 9/80 schedule and everyone works at least nine hours to impress their boss.

    Advice to Senior ManagementOpen your eyes and you may see.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    If you are dynamic, intelligent and results oriented, don't go to ExxonMobil.

    Engineering Associate (Current Employee) Fairfax, VA

    ProsHR does a great job in providing "golden handcuffs" to experienced employees. Benefits (pension plan, 401k) are pretty good, and the job seems safe right now.

    ConsCareer path is pre-determined before you start working there. Excellent work performance does not give you any recognition. Only if management really likes somebody (because of a nice smile, or the ability to endlessly talk smoothly), that person will get a series of easy tasks to accomplish, and that leads to promotions and recognition.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLower management (department managers) is way too often doing a lousy job communicating and supporting senior management guidelines. There are many such managers that should not only not be manager, they should not even be in the company.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Don't bother

    Systems Analyst (Former Employee) Houston, TX

    ProsMoney was plentiful and freely thrown around

    ConsEverything bothered me, down to the style of carpet in the building.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNothing

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Lack of professionalism, transparency and leadership

    Sales (Former Employee) Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

    ProsHad a brief stint as a contractor in Menara Exxonmobil in the Downstream business (commercial sales) Nice office in Central KL. close to Petronas Twin Towers.

    ConsDiscovered that compensation (salary) was much lower compared to peers when on the job. Micromanagement by immediate supervisor. Manager thinks that just because of his position that he does not have to be respectful or reasonable to subordinates that have a different viewpoint to him

    Advice to Senior ManagementJust because you are manager and permanent employee does not mean you can just step on contractors

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good Money, Bad Cause

    Senior Research Engineer (Current Employee) Toronto, ON (Canada)

    Pros-good pay and bonuses
    -lots of resources

    Cons-corruption at upper levels
    -bad cause
    -lots of bureaucracy

    Advice to Senior ManagementGo to hell

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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